Average Rating 4.0/5
Review by pallor
Looking for an alternative to Bare Minerals? Want a mineral powder that doesn't cake? Laura Mercier has the perfect formula for those of us who are addicted to mineral powders finish, but haven't found the proper long-lasting formula.
Its difficult to find very fair foundations. I have almost china doll pale skin with some visible pores near my nose. I have used Bare Minerals for over four (4) years until last month when I noticed Laura Mercier also made a similar product. I use the lightest shade for rose toned skin (as the yellow tone tends to make me look like I lacked vitamins and was possibly suffering from jaundice). While it is not a direct match for my skin (as I am still paler) it does cover flawlessly and adds just the perfect amount of natural color so people do not confuse me with Casper.
The formula does not cake, as I found happened with Bare Minerals after several hours. And, if you apply even more powder after you start to get a tad shiny it does not smudge, cake, or cause unsightly build-up. It merely redusts the area and refines the semi matte finish. I did notice the powder contained a slight amount of opalescence, which assists in fending off the zombie corpse look.
The packaging of this powder product is wonderful and perfect for traveling. The container has a sifter with a swivel top (much like disposable salt containers) that prevents powder from leaking if the container is turned up-side down. It also allows you to control the amount of powder you shake out into the lid in a more effective manner.
The price is reasonable at $35 USD since it is larger than a Bare Minerals serving. I have not noticed any skin trouble or adverse reaction to the new makeup. I originally sauntered over to the Laura Mercier counter for their Fall Season Storm makeup (eyeshadow) and was delightfully guided to the foundation.
This is a perfect all season traveling companion for those of us that insist on natural finish skin (with imperfections perfectly concealed) that is long lasting. Laura Mercier strives for the Flawless Face and with this foundation, you too can have that Flawless look.